He is the Executive Director of Art of the Rural, facilitator of its Middle Landscape projects, and a member of the M12 collective. He serves on the Council for Common Field, the Board of Directors for the Wormfarm Institute, and is currently a Research Fellow in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Matthew’s poetry and essays have been widely published in the US and abroad and are present within the field-establishing publication A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jam Sam, 2014).
His collaborations with M12 on the Equine Anthology project have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and his multidisciplinary collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at Central Features in Albuquerque.
TEDx Talk “Changing the Face of Rural: features the Wormfarm Institute. In the link, Matthew Fluharty discovers through his grandmother’s legacy, a new face of rural America and unique social relationships among people living in our rural and urban landscape.
Matthew Fluharty, the son of a fifth-generation Ohio Valley farming family, talks about Art of the Rural.
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